CONCORD La Nelle Smith Kennedy, 91, of Concord, woke up in heaven Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis with family by her side. La Nelle was born Dec. 14, 1927, in Concord to the late Correll and Beulah Smith. She was also preceded in death by beloved husband, Thea "T.J." Kennedy; daughter, Amelia Shelton; grandson, Kevin Hopkins; and five silblings, Ruth Fisher, Gladys Blackwelder, Pete Smith, Ben Smith and Edith "Shine" Smith. La Nelle was retired from Cabarrus County Schools Food Service. She was a founding member of Southside Baptist Church. La Nelle was a Vacation Bible School director, and taught Sunday school for more than 60 years. She was involved in Lay Renewal Ministry, the youth ministry and was an active choir member at Southside. La Nelle was also a Red Cross volunteer and a beloved foster mother. She had the sweetest spirit and lead many to the Lord. La Nelle was a devoted Christian, prayer warrior and soul-winner for Christ. La Nelle was a loving mother and grandmother, lovingly called Peanut Butter and Nug. She will be forever loved and dearly missed. Those left to cherish La Nelle's memory include children, Thea (Lucy) Kennedy, Margaret Ann Loy, Ann Murph, Hope (Nathan) Moose; grandchildren, Nathan, Nikki, Ashley, Joshua, Cynthia, Dechen, Ai-Chin; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Kaylee, Taylor, Aaron, Piper, Justin, Hunter, Brynlee and Austin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening (Wednesday, Sept. 25), at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m., at Southside Baptist Church in Concord, officiated by the Revs. Joey Morrison and Robert Leonard. Burial will follow at the West Concord Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to ALS Association, NC Chapter, 4 N. Blount St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Kennedy family. Condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.

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